Where Will Mitchell Robinson End Up?


Mitchell Robinson’s de-commitment from Western Kentucky and his ensuing college recruitment has certainly been an interesting story to watch recently. His commitment to Rick Stansbury’s squad came early in the recruitment process in 2016. A key contributor in Robinson’s commitment was his godfather, Shammond Williams, who was on the coaching staff. As soon as Williams decided to leave Western Kentucky’s staff, Robinson decided to follow him out the door and re-open his recruitment. This came as a shock to Stansbury, who had possibly landed the best recruit in Western Kentucky’s history. As a result, the door is open for college programs around the country to steal the 8th best player in the 2017 class, according to 247 Composite. So where will the 7-footer end up?

Over the past month, Robinson’s recruitment has been perceived by many to be a two way race between Kansas and LSU. In recent days however, LSU has reportedly pulled out of their pursuit of the five star recruit. Likely the driving force behind LSU’s decision are the questions surrounding his eligibility for the upcoming season. These questions stem from his previous enrollment in summer school classes at WKU. Any program who picks him up would have to get approval from the NCAA to play him.

These eligibility concerns to not appear to concern Bill Self, who has reportedly contacted Robinson numerous times since his de-commitment. Assuming Robinson will be eligible to play the 2017-18 season, Kansas seems to make the most sense for the NBA-bound big man. Having graduated their starting Center, Landon Lucas, Robinson would be able to come in and make an immediate impact for the Jayhawks. This would make for a dangerous three-man rotation between Robinson, Udoka Azubuike, and incoming freshman recruit, Billy Preston. Robinson took an unofficial visit to Kansas this weekend and tweeted his pleasure with the trip.

While Kansas now seems to be the only team in contention for Robinson, the other option is a year overseas prior to entering the NBA Draft. Having a 7’4 wingspan and a 9’3 standing reach, Robinson has length that every NBA team drools over. With the concerns of players playing overseas instead of college having died down, this is a very real option for Robinson.

These seem to be the most popular options available to Robinson as of right now. However, the upcoming days should give some insight as to what Robinson will decide to do. Things are beginning to shape out, but your guess is as good as mine as to where the big man will end up.

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